Barely a day after the parliamentary committee on Defence and Internal Affairs revealed that their report on the March and November 2017 clashes in the Rwenzori sub-region was ready for presentation and debate, the same report has now gone ‘missing.’
Last year, the committee on Defence and Internal Affairs headed by Judith Nabakooba (Mityana Woman MP) was tasked to investigate and present a report in the ethnic fighting in Bundibugyo that broke off in March where about 30 people were killed. The committee was also tasked to investigate and present a report on the 26th and 27th November 2016, where joint security forces of the Uganda People’ Defense Force (UPDF) and Uganda Police Force (UPF) were involved in a fire exchange with the Rwenzururu royal guards at the palace leading to the death of over 100 people and the subsequent arrest of the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.
On Wednesday, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah tasked the committee vice-chairperson Kezekia Mbogo (Budaka County) on the progress of the report to which he responded that it was ready for presentation and debate on Thursday.
However, to the MPs’ surprise, Oulanyah said that he has been informed that the committee report is not ready and there was even no draft despite being included on the Order Paper.
“We should avoid certain situations. Yesterday (Wednesday), the Vice-chair stood up and said the report was ready. When I went back to my office I called the clerk to confirm that the report was ready and it turned out that the report has not even been drafted yet I put it on the Order Paper today,” Oulanyah said.
Oulanyah asked committee chairs to take their duties seriously in order to avoid delaying parliament business.
“So please let’s take it as our responsibility to finish matters that are before the committees in time. Complete the task so that parliament can take a decision other than playing these kind of games,” Oulanyah freaked out.
When the item for presentation of Kasese clashes report was read from the Order Paper, neither the committee chair, Nabakooba nor her deputy, Kezekia were available.
Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi, a member of the Defence Committee took to the floor of parliament wondering where MP Kezekia got the information that the report was ready.